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Helping Teenage Girls with Anxiety

Anxiety Crisis Among Teen Girls Teenage girls are carrying more than their fair share of 21st Century angst. The reasons are complex and researchers continue to explore this anxiety among teenage girls that’s become a crisis. We already know some troubling facts. Psychologist Lisa Damour, author of Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress & […]

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Helping a Loved One with Depression

Finding Ways to Help with Depression Depression in someone we love is difficult to observe and even more challenging to deal with. We have a tendency to want our husband, wife, mother, father, grandfather, grandmother, son, daughter, brother, sister or beloved friend to “cheer up” and go out and live life. But depression, by definition, […]

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Ending Your Smartphone Addiction

Hung Up on Your Smartphone? If you’re worried about missing a text message on your cell phone or not knowing your friends’ minute-by-minute postings on Facebook or you reach for your phone as soon as you wake up, if might be time for you to admit you’re hooked. So many of us joke about being […]

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Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Have you tried therapy with limited or no lasting results and still can’t get the monkey off your back? Sometimes talking isn’t enough. If this has been your experience or you just want to try something new, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT, also referred to as Tapping) is a safe, fast and proven technique to feel […]

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Clutter is Stressful

Decluttering Can Reduce Stress Research is finding that clutter is more than just pile of mail unopened, laundry unfolded, or “precious” trinkets gathering dust on shelves around the house. While these elements of clutter may be just a sign of things “to do” in a busy life, the collection of “stuff” can have a psychological […]

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Mindful Self-Compassion

Self-Compassion Is Good for Mental Health Self-compassion simply means treating yourself with the same kindness and understanding you offer to a beloved family member, a friend or a colleague at work. Many people tend to be much harder on themselves than on others. Some people mistakenly equate self-compassion with self-pity or weakness. That’s a misconception. […]

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Increase Your Emotional Resilience

How to Be More Resilient Life is full of challenging and sometimes traumatic circumstances that arise whether you are young or old, rich or poor, urban or rural. The psychological strength that gives a person the ability to experience the death of a loved one, loss of a job, violence, serious illness, divorce or financial […]

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What I Learned from Decluttering My Home

Clutter, Clutter, Everywhere The piles were everywhere. Magazines, mail, school papers, kids’ artwork, books- there wasn’t a level surface anywhere in our house that didn’t have “stuff” on it. And every time I walked by one of these piles, I could feel myself tensing up and the cortisol levels in my body soaring. I tried […]

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Light Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder Treatment

How Light Therapy Can Help SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) In the cold, dark months of winter many of us feel a little sluggish and a little blue. The change in sunlight certainly affects most people to some degree, but for some people the decrease in sunlight hours marks the start of a yearly depression, called […]

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The Growing Problem of Insomnia

Growing Recognition of the Problem of Insomnia “Insomnia is increasingly being recognized as an important condition that is detrimental to health,” according to Dieter Riemann, a professor of clinical psychophysiology at the University of Freiburg Medical Centre in Germany. “Research over the last 20 or so years has demonstrated that insomnia is a risk factor […]

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